Hurricane Tammy is moving north over the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean after pounding the northeastern Caribbean islands with hurricane-force winds and heavy rainfall over the weekend.
Tammy has an uncertain future ahead due to multiple weather systems that could influence where the hurricane tracks in the coming days. Residents of Bermuda should closely monitor the forecast because a weakened Tammy could pass near the archipelago by this weekend.
Elsewhere in the Atlantic Basin, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) is also monitoring an area in the southwestern Caribbean Sea that has a medium chance of development early this week.
Where is Hurricane Tammy?
As of late Monday morning, Hurricane Tammy was about 700 miles south of Bermuda.
Maximum sustained winds are estimated at 75 mph. The NHC said some slight strengthening is possible over the next day or two, followed by weakening later in the week.
What is the forecast for Hurricane Tammy?
Tammy is moving north-northeast at about 7 mph.
Swells generated by Tammy will continue to affect portions of the northeastern Caribbean islands, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico during the next few days. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip currents.
The forecast track for Hurricane Tammy becomes quite uncertain by the middle and end of the week, but current indications suggest that it could track near Bermuda by Saturday. While Tammy would be weaker, heavy rain and gusty winds could impact the archipelago, depending on its exact track in the coming days.
Tammy made landfall on Barbuda on Saturday
Hurricane Tammy made landfall on the island of Barbuda around 10:15 p.m. EDT Saturday with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph, making it a Category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.
Hurricane Tammy initially reached Category 1 intensity last Friday before bearing down on several of the northeastern Caribbean islands on Saturday, which saw gusty winds, angry seas and tremendous rain as the heart of the storm moved by just miles to the east of many of those islands.
High winds continued into early Sunday morning before the late-season hurricane headed northwestward away from the islands.